Schwarzenegger Proposes Animal Shelter Changes

Schwarzenegger proposes animal shelter changes

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to wants to reduce the amount of time an animal shelter has to hold onto stray dogs and cats before killing them. Schwarzenegger says cutting the time from six days to three could save local governments in the state 14 million dollars.

A spokesman for California's finance department says the waiting period has caused overcrowding at the shelters. An estimated 600 thousand dogs and cats are put to death each year in California, including 34 thousand in Los Angeles alone.

Despite Schwarzenegger's huge popularity, some political observers think the proposal will meet stiff resistance. One says cats and dogs are like "mom and apple pie." Her advice: "Don't mess with the pets."